Last year during Advent, I read a picture book version of "The Gift of the Magi" to the teens after dinner, unknowingly (but fortunately) setting the stage for a better appreciation of the Theatrical Outfit production. There are many adaptations of O. Henry's story, and we have several in our libraries. The one we read (first in the list) was borrowed from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, and is set in fairly contemporary Appalachia.
- Good and Perfect Gifts, adapted and illustrated by Barry Moser.
- The Gift of the Magi, illustrated by Elizabeth Zwerger
- The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories, illustrated by Michael Dooling (a collection of 14 O. Henry stories)
Other Christmas-y offerings in the library range from literary to Latino.
- Christmas Books by Charles Dickens (includes "A Christmas Carol" and others) or download the Gutenberg ebook
- A Christmas Carol on CD (listen to it in the car before going to the show . . .)
- Breakfast at Tiffanys by Truman Capote. Includes "A Christmas Memory," Capote's recollection of making Christmas fruitcakes, "for President Roosevelt," with a favorite older cousin. The elementary library has it as a picture book.
- Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy (true story of the 1914 one-day armistice between American and German soldiers along the Western Front during WWI).
- Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by YA favorites John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. Intertwining short stories about high school couples at Christmas. Also in our ebook collection.
- The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nussbaum. Did you know the Puritans outlawed the holiday?? In 1659, Christmas was a boisterous drunken celebrations. Nussbaum's book explores the history of Christmas from Saturnalian excesses to today's festivity of domesticity and consumerian.
- The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews.
- Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories. Christmas and Hannukah stories, recipes and poems from Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, Judith Ortiz Cofer and many others.
- Christmas favorites on video: It's a Wonderful Life ( with Jimmy Stewart), The Polar Express, Holiday Inn (with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire)
Listen to Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' story A Child's Christmas in Wales on CD, read by Thomas himself (oh, that musical Welsh accent), plus a video adaptation and an illustrated children's book.
and a very very special offering:
Peace, Love and Wonder: Songs of Christmas a gorgeous professional release by Kate Murray, Paideia's very own, fabulously talented chorus teacher. You can buy it on iTunes or listen on Spotify!
Come to the library and check out a gift soon. What are your favorite Christmas/Solstice traditions or memories?